When it comes to your micronutrients, it is not about more. It is about enough. A healthy immune response depends on the combined effects of nearly every vitamin and mineral. Some of the big stars include Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, Molybdenum, B-6 and more. The mistake is the mentality that more is better. All of these nutrients can hurt your immune system when you have even a little too much. They are also not helpful if they are in the wrong chemical form or in poor proportions. Please avoid megadoses of any individual vitamin, especially Vitamin D.
Too often there is a false choice made between supplements and healthy foods. No one was ever forced to choose. Both are important. Foods contain many things we can never get in supplements, yet foods alone cannot meet all of our needs for micronutrients.
What should you take and how much? Here is a list of each ingredient, form, and amount I recommend for adults. For example, for vitamin B6 I recommend pyridoxal 5 phosphate, the more common form pyridoxine hydrochloride is cheaper, but neurotoxic. For a dose I recommend 6.7 mg. You can see this detail for each nutrient. You don’t have to get these from my pack, but these are what you should look for. LINK TO INGREDIENT LIST
The hardest macronutrient to get enough of when food becomes scarce is protein. The danger is that your immune system needs essential amino acids to function. You can have enough dietary protein to be far from protein deficient but still be well below the amounts that give you an optimal immune response.
Aim for 1 gram of complete protein per pound of lean body mass per person per day. If a woman is 140 pounds and 25% body fat, she has 35 pounds of fat and 105 pounds of lean body mass. She should consume about 105 grams of protein spread throughout the day.
Without some thought and planning, that may not happen. She can do this with 4 meals each with 26 grams of protein, or 5 meals each with 21 grams. If it sounds like a lot of food, please know that protein boosts metabolism and lowers appetite more than any other food type. Those who get optimal protein end up trimmer than those who do not. Take a look at my recommended shopping list for protein sources to use. We are offering our Daily Reset Shake(Click Here) at prices near wholesale so that people can have a non-perishable complete meal on hand.
Is it the novel fibers like resistant starch? Is it the high amounts of potassium? Is it the pH lowering effects? As best we can tell, the active ingredient in fruits and vegetables seems to be fruits and vegetables. There is no good substitute for lots of produce in the diet. During times of food scarcity, this is one of the other food categories that takes planning.
As of right now, the stores still have lots of fresh produce. Most of it is at bargain prices because no one is buying it. You can freeze almost any type of fresh produce.
Prep it first. After thawing, don’t expect it to make a good salad, but it can make a perfect soup. Produce that comes frozen is also great. Dried and freeze-dried versions of produce are also great options.